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After going through the initial setup on the machine, which I configured the date time, wireless network password, and the home group password. There were a couple of steps which I believed needed doing, before going forward with installing the drivers for the various pieces of musical hardware, and installing the music software.
This one is something you may thing, just one run and things will be fine. My experience has shown that the first run gets a bunch of updates, but you need a couple more “check for updates” to completely exhaust the list of things which need to be updated. The joys of having consequential update dependencies (update A installs component Y which has another update B available).
I’ve the machine talking straight to my gigabit switch (chunk of Cat 5 cable comes in handy), as the built-in wireless networking card “Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card” goes too slow (See Blog post » Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card – Slow!). The windows configuration start up wizard goes through the basics of the networking up and running.
Networking and Backup
One of the big “bug bears” I have with Windows 7 is that Windows 7 Backup will only backup to a network attached device in the higher levels of Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate) . My preference is to backup my machines to my NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. So, I need to upgrade the version Windows.
Another grumble at Dell, I was not presented with the option of upgrading, or specifying, the version of Windows 7 installed on the machine.
After doing the following:
- Making sure the version of Windows 7 has all of the patches installed from Windows Update,
- Upgrading the version of Windows 7 to Ultimate (it was only $20 difference between professional and ultimate through Windows Anytime Update),
- Replacing the wireless network interface with on that works at a reasonable speed, and
- Taking a full backup image of the system, before I start installing anything music related on the system.
Finally, I’m ready to start installing the music software, and music device drivers, I want to run on the system. That will be tomorrow, I need some relaxation time this evening. The “ups and downs” of the installation process, will undoubtedly be another post (or two) to this blog.
One important thing to note before I start installing. I will be installing all of the device drivers first for the music instrument interfaces first, and then the music software (Guitar Pro 5 to start with). I really want to give the software the best chance of installing as smoothly as possible, and this approach should minimise the chances of “things going wrong”.
In setting it to use with my Netbook, I looked at the properties of the drive. I was surprised to see that it was formatted in FAT32. FAT32 was not something I expected to see, I was expecting to see NTFS.
So, for those reading this who do not know what the difference between FAT32 (File Allocation Table 32 – see Wikipedia -> File Allocation Table – 12/16/32 ) and NTFS (New Technology File System – see Wikipedia -> NTFS).
FAT32 and NTFS Differences
From the above list, there are benefits which NTFS offers.
The down side of NTFS are space, speed and portability:
- Space. It costs more in raw disk space to install NTFS on a disk compared to FAT32.
- Speed. You do get a speed hit because you have a more secure between the disk and the OS (Operating System). There is a performance hit (but not an excessive one, you already wear it on most machines which are running anything later than Windows XP accessing you C: drive – I think).
- Portability. The disk will be only readable on a Windows machine (a very big generalisation – software may be available which circumvents the problems). So, if you want to read the disk on other than a Windows machine (NT, XP, Vista, Windows 7), you may need to stick with FAT32.
I decided that the first thing I was going to do to this drive was copy off the preinstalled software, and then reformat the drive to NTFS. I wanted the compressing option, and robustness (fault tolerance – another plus of NTFS) of NTFS.
SyncToy is a Microsoft free tool, which allows the replication of a folder structure from one location to another. This is really handy for my netbook. I have “stuff” which I want to keep an up-to-date copy of on the external drive, from my NAS storage. SyncToy is a really simple tool which achieves this for me with a minimum of fuss.
The benefits of having NAS storage in a home network is that it no matter how many machines you have you have a large chunk of shared disk. My current NAS device is a LaCie d2 Network 2 and has been working perfectly since I plugged it into the network. The fact that it is an supports Gigabit Ethernet is another big point that this device has.
I’ve been thinking about doing some home recording, so decided it was time to start and install some software. I’ve a copy of Cakewalk Sonar 8.5.1 LE which came with my Boss ME-25. So, I decided to install that on my Windows 7 64bit Dell notebook. The idea was to install some DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and learn how to use it. The learning process will undoubtable form the content for some blog posts in the future.
The install went smoothly, but when I fired up the software I got a message box with “Cannot Open Master.Ins No Instrument Definitions Will be Available.“.
A quick browse on the Cakewalk forums gave the “Run as Administrator” hint, which did not solve the problem.
The problem in a nut shell is the software cannot find the file (sure it’s obvious). A quick search of my notebook’s hard drive found a “master.ins” file. The question which the problem, and having a copy of the file raises is “Where does Sonar, want to read the file from?”.
How To Find Out Where Sonar Wants the File
Years ago, I’ve used a thing called filemon to find out what files and executable was touching. A quick Bing search found this page in Microsoft Tech Net – FileMon for Windows v7.04. This page pointed me at the Process Monitor – Process Monitor v2.93. So, download that, and start to explore what Sonar is up to. NB : This is no cost software from Microsoft.
Filtering In Process Monitor
Process Monitor watches all events which are happening in windows. This generates a lot of entries, luckily process monitor comes with a filtering option. The filters I used to watch what Sonar was up to when loading where a “Process Name Filter”, and a “Result Filter”. Both of the filters I used are shown in the images to the left.
With the filters in place, Process Monitor allows you to search for a string in the filtered results. With the search option, look for the “master.ins”. In the case of my install of Sonar 8.5.1 LE, it was looking for the “master.ins” file in the “C:\Users\Craig\AppData\Roaming\Cakewalk\SONAR 8.5 LE” directory.
A Windows Explorer Tip
The “AppData” directory is a hidden directory. That’s not a problem for Windows Explorer. Just click into the file path of the Windows Explorer window and type “\AppData”, this will cause Explorer to navigate into that hidden directory.
From there you can see the subdirectories, or folders if you prefer, and then navigate to the directory which process monitor was reporting as where Sonar was looking for the “master.ins” file.
With a Windows Explorer now open in the directory which Sonar was looking in for the “master.ins” file. You can see that there is no ”master.ins” file present.
To make the error go away, I then copied all of the “.ins” files from “C:\Users\Craig\Documents\Cakewalk\SONAR 8.5 LE\Sample Content”, which was created during the Sonar install. I think you need them all, but I could be wrong. If you end up with things that do not make sense in the instrument selection dialogs in Sonar, then remove the files which are creating the “noise” (just shut down Sonar first – ripping the files out while Sonar is running could cause some problems).
The method described should work for any Sonar product which is experiencing the “master.ins not found” error. The names of the directories are probably specific to “Sonar LE 8.5.1”, but should be mirrored in some way for the other products.
Now to learn what DAW software can do for me, and how to “drive” Sonar.